For starters, I’d really like to thank Hunter for inviting me here to be a guest on his blog and talk about my own recent take on dinosaurs, “The Lost World of Kharamu”. We both tackle horror from different directions, so it’s kind of amusing we’ve crossed paths this summer at an intersection marked by giant man-eating lizards.

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For me, this is my first venture into the sci-fi arena – traditional, old-school horror stories are my usual dish – but truth be told, I’ve always been fascinated by dinosaurs. My earliest figurines were those hard-wax dino figures they used to sell in mall parking lots back in the day, the ones that used to melt in the sun if you forgot and left them out on the back porch (like I did). From there I went on to an ill-conceived attempt to build a dino-diorama, signing out every dinosaur book in our local library and Saturday afternoon features like “Lost World”, “The Land That Time Forgot”, and so on, movies that were pretty much over-the-top schmaltzy kid’s stuff. But I didn’t take them that seriously.

Until, that is, “Jurassic Park” showed up in the theaters.

Spielberg’s block-buster was a game changer. No stop-action Harryhausen figurines here – from the moment those thundering creatures appeared on that huge IMAX movie screen, those suckers looked terrifyingly real. The first time that T. rex roared, my knuckles went white on the arm rest and that scene where Jeff Goldblum is being chased? I still cringe. Michael Crichton’s book were no less amazing because the science behind them all seem plausible.

So, when it came time for me to cook up my take on the genre, the obvious question was: What on earth could I possible add to this?

Drawing from my experiences traveling in England, India, China and southeast Asia seemed like a good place to begin. Along with a whole bucketload of ‘what ifs?’. “The Lost World of Kharamu” takes its main character, renegade paleontologist Dr. Grant Taylan, on a rollercoaster ride from the Hudson Valley to the Natural History Museum in London, Mumbai India, and ultimately to a remote island in the South Pacific where a Chinese tech corporation is having the beta trial run of its ultimate cosplay themed vacation park. This ‘Lost World’, however, has its own special perks: a place where the ultra-rich not only get to play out their 1950s Universal monster-movie fantasies, but fight and kill real dinosaurs in the bargain.

Along with Australian dino-expert Audrey Adams and Indian Systemologist Roma Banaji, Taylan has to outsmart Russian black-market fossil traffickers, a relentless bunch of Vietnamese commandoes with a contract on his head, a psychotic ex-girlfriend, a Texas billionaire with a John Wayne complex and of course, dinosaurs. Not just the traditional sauropods and Tyrannosaurs we know and love, but also the swift, brilliantly-feathered Zhenyuanlong and the terrifying Utahraptor.

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The Lost World of Kharamu” is really intended as a throwback to adventure story-telling, with more of an adult twist and plenty of black humor. Don’t look for a Disney-theme here. If that interests you, I’ll be giving away two ebook copies free to random drawn responses to this blog, on Hunter’s discretion.

Thanks again, and as Mr. Romero said: stay afraid!

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. His novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre , Sinister Entity, Hell Hole, The Waiting and Island of the Forbidden are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. Hell Hole was named Horror Novel Reviews #1 horror novel of 2014. His first thriller novel, The Montauk Monster, was released June, 2014 as a Pinnacle paperback, and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer. His follow up Pinnacle novel, Tortures of the Damned, a post apocalyptic thriller, will be out July, 2015. That will be followed up by his latest cryptid tale, The Dover Demon, in the fall through Samhain. His horror short story collection, Asylum Scrawls, is available as an e-book, straightjacket not included. Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. A copy of his book, The Montauk Monster, is currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME. He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years. Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

29 responses to “Entering the LOST WORLD OF KHARAMU”

  1. Dan Reilly says :

    This sounds right up my alley! I can’t get enough of dinosaurs…..I guess I never outgrew that phase of life. Best of luck with the book, Robert.

  2. patricia haithcock says :

    me me me dude love these kinda books ann

  3. John T Bass says :

    Sounds good

  4. Michael Patrick Hicks says :

    Sounds like a lot of fun, Robert! Congrats on the release.

  5. Natalie Cleary says :

    This looks awesome!!! I love creature feature books!!

  6. Natalie Cleary says :

    This looks awesome!!! I love creature feature books!!!

  7. BookLoversLife (@BookLoversLife) says :

    This looks awesome!!! I love creature feature books!!!

  8. Angela says :

    This sounds AWESOME!!

  9. Tracy Robinson says :

    There is always a need for a good chomp and stomp creature feature!

  10. Debra Smith says :

    It’s time for a new scary dinosaur book! It looks amazing! I would really like to read it.

  11. Emily Haynes says :

    Sounds like a great book to add to my must read list.

  12. Stormi D Johnson says :

    This sounds so up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

  13. edwardky2 says :

    Sounds like an amazing adventure.
    Best of luck. 👌🦖🦕

  14. Ziggy Nixon says :

    As long as it does NOT include Jeff Goldblum, I’m all for it! Stegosaurus rules!

  15. Dominic Paulo says :

    Dinosaurs are so fascinating!! I think we are fascinated with dinosaurs for the same reason we are fascinated by Great White Sharks-there is something primal in us that responds to becoming prey instead of always being top of the food chain-human beings are enthralled by the destruction mother nature can mete out-I think it makes us realize how perilous our position is on this planet, and how quickly we can lose that position even as suddenly as the dinosaurs.

  16. @saleago says :

    Love the cover. Looks awesome!

  17. Ziggy Nixon says :

    We’re getting a new dog soon and I’m wondering if this wouldn’t make an AWESOME name for the puppy! Hee hee… All kidding aside, from the days I owned all the plastic dinosaurs (back then even with the dizzying chemicals wafting gently into my brain on warmer days) and knew their names and histories (please: EVERYONE knows T-Rexes and Stegasauri couldn’t fight because they lived in different eras), I’ve been addicted to the Great Lizards! Long may they reign!

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